Disk Defrag

Video Covering Disk Defrag – Part of our Fix Slow Computer tutorial found on  https://www.pctechguide.com/how-to-fix-your-slow-computer

Transcription from Video:

Hi, this is Jacob with pctechguide.com, and this is Part 5 of our Why is my Computer Slow series. And in each one of these series we’re going through, we’re showing you just one little trick you can do to easily speed up your computer. If you haven’t watched the previous videos, I highly recommend you do. They’re going to be in the channel URL in the descriptions, and in the description there’s going to be a link there going to our YouTube channel for slow computers.

In there you’re going to list several different ways of why your computer might be slow and ways of speeding it up. In each series, we’re going through and showing you one quick trick that you can do to help speed up your computer. In this case, we’re going to take a look at defragging your computer. The reason why you want to defrag your computer is basically when you have a hard disk, you’re going to see that part of. . . let’s say, you open up a program. Well, that file saved here, it’s saved here, it’s saved all over on this drive. So it’s not in one location. So your disk actually has to go through different sections of that hard drive to pull it up.

So the access time of accessing that file can take longer because it’s all over the drive. And when you defrag, what you’re doing is you’re putting that file all in one location on the drive so it’s easier for your hard drive just to find it, locate it, open it right away. So that’s why you defrag your computer. It’s just a way of basically getting faster access time to files.

So to do this, we’re just going to hit the Windows Start button. In the run command , we’re just gonna type in Defrag, D-E-F-R-A-G. And up on top, we’re going to see the Defrag button. I’m just gonna go ahead and select it. So I selected Disk Defragmenter, just so we know. So right here, it says that it’s never be ran so I can go ahead and analyze the disk. It’s gonna tell me how jumbled, basically, all the data is.

So in this case, it’s saying, “Hey, my disk is 37% fragmented.” That’s not the worst that I’ve seen, but that’s not necessarily all that good either. Now, we can just go ahead and just say, “Okay, Defragment the disk.” You can also schedule this to be done once a week or so. Really, it doesn’t matter. I just do it once every three or four or five months. Depending upon the size of your hard drive, it can take quite a while to do.

The nice thing about this is you can still work as it’s going on. Now this process can take anywhere from 20 minutes to like six hours. Like I said, it just depends how defragmented and how big your hard drive is. It says that it’s 3% done right now and it’s been 3%. . . it took about, I’d say, right around 40 seconds for it to reach around 3% so it’s moving right along. But you’re not going to see the biggest boost in performance overall, but like we said before in previous videos, it all adds up.

So 3% boost here, 3% boost there. Chances are in one of these videos that we’re doing, we’re going to hit upon what is your bigger issue. When that happens, that’s when you’re going to notice the biggest performance boost like in the video we had before covering your startup menu.

So that’s it for this video. In the next video, we’re gonna be talking more about your browser usage and ways of speeding up your actual browsing online and what might be slowing it down. That’s it. I hope it helps, and if you liked the video, feel free and share it, like it, comment. It’s all appreciated. Thank you.

Optimizing Startup Menu

Video Covering Optimizing Startup Menu – Part of our Fix Slow Computer tutorial found on  https://www.pctechguide.com/how-to-fix-your-slow-computer

Transcription of Video:

Hi, this is Jacob with pctechguide.com. This is part four in our video series of “How to Speed Up Your Slow Computer” because there isn’t just one reason why your computer’s slow. There’s probably multiple reasons. And we’re just covering all the basic ones. So in the description below here on the YouTube channel, we do have our YouTube channel in there for “How to Speed Up Your Slow Computer.” And in that video series there, we’re going to list several different ways. So be sure and check out the other videos too as well because chances are it’s not just one thing. It’s several things slowing down your computer. And in each video, we’re going through just one quick way of speeding up your computer.

And this one, this is probably going to be one of the more important videos that we do. And it’s going to cover startup manager. So when your computer first starts up, you have all these auto-starting programs. And so if we look in actually the system tray down over here, we’re going to see that there is a lot already in there. Now, every program you install nowadays pretty much wants to be in there. Back in the day, it was Kodak EasyShare was the number one software that everybody had on their computer but nobody ever used. And for you, it might be Skype, whatever that program is. You probably have a lot of them. So the number one thing I’d recommend is to hit the Windows Start button. Go into the Control Panel. And then go to Uninstall a Program. And go through all your programs and just uninstall the programs you’re not going to use anymore.

And we’re going to see that, hey, I got quite a bit of them in here that . . . I just installed this in my last video, which I’m going to install now. I don’t need it, and CCleaner does auto-start on me, and it does auto-try to get an update. So go through, and if you’re not using the software program anymore, uninstall it. This is actually going to help free up a little bit of disk space too as well, which is nice. And it’s something I need to do is I need to go in through here and delete all the programs I’m not using anymore.

Once you remove these programs here, they won’t be auto-starting on you anymore because they just won’t be installed anymore. Now, not all programs you’re going to want to eliminate. So you’re like, well, I definitely still use, let’s say, Skype, right? But I don’t want it starting up when my computer starts up because I just don’t use it that often. But I do use it. So in my case, I use it every day. But this is just an example.

So this is what I’m going to do is I’m going to go to the Run command here. I’m going to type in msconfig, C-O-N-F-I-G, and go ahead, hit Enter. And what this is going to do is it’s going to bring up the system configuration menu. So I am going to go to Startup. And it’s very important that you don’t really touch these other services because you can really hose over your computer. Now, I’m going to go under the Startup menu here. This is what I’m going to do is I’m going to go through these and uncheck the ones that I know for sure that I don’t want auto-starting on me. And some of these, you’re going to be able to easily tell what they are, and other ones, you’re not going to be able to tell.

Now, what you don’t want to do is just uncheck everything, disable all, because some of these are going to be needed services for your computer to start properly. However, you can go through and make a pretty estimated guess at saying, “Well, you know what? This one says ‘Unknown.’ It’s NVIDIA Corporation. I know that’s my NVIDIA update,” rigt? So it says, “NVIDIA Update Core.” So you can go through this and take a look. This is where a registry cleaner can help you out. And we do have a link in the bottom of the description, besides our YouTube channel, we have a link to a registry cleaner I’ve used here that you can check out.

Now, I don’t use registry cleaners really to clean the registry. That’s a thing of the past, to be honest. But it can be used to really easily gauge which programs shouldn’t be auto-starting, which ones can be. So in my particular experience, no, I don’t really care about the updater program there. I just don’t need it.

Adobe Updater Startup Utility, yeah, Adobe needs to be updated. So I’ll keep that one. But you can go through this and say, “Well, I have all these Adobe ones in here. Do I need them all?” And just go through and let’s say, “Okay, well, I don’t use Dropbox really that often at all. I don’t really care about the Google update. I update it myself. I don’t use Andy anymore. I don’t use Dropbox.” So you can go through this, “And Samsung Electronics, that’s going to be for my phone for when I sync. Hauppauge and WinTV, I uninstalled these cards years ago, but this stuff’s still in there, right? So if I uninstall these programs, they won’t be there anymore. But let’s say, “Well, I might reinstall that card. So I want to keep it. And I want to keep Dropbox, but I just don’t want it auto-starting on me.” So I’ll go ahead and keep that and hit Apply and then hit OK.

So right now, you’re going to be asked to restart or exit without restarting. In this case, I’m going to just exit without restarting. When you do restart your computer, I do recommend you just go ahead and restart it now. Now, when your computer boots back up, it’s going to come up with another dialogue box telling you that Windows configuration has changed. Just hit the “Don’t show this message again” and then hit

. So that’s when your computer restarts. It’s just letting you know that changes were made. In this case, I’m going to go ahead and hit “Exit without restart” because I’m not restarting my computer, just yet anyways.

So that’s it for this video. Fairly easy to do when optimizing your Startup menu. It’s probably one of the things that’s going to give you ultimately the biggest boost possible in speeding up your computer. So definitely spend some time on it. Go through the Uninstall Programs. Go through the Startup menu and pick which programs you really don’t want auto-starting on you.

In the next video, we’re going to be covering defragging your computer and just trying to help it out a little bit to optimize it. And that will be in the channel URL. So feel free and take a visit.

If you like the video, if it helps you out, please go ahead and share it, like it, comment it, whatever you do, right? It all helps. Thank you.

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